30 October 2014

Song Of The Moment: T-Pain: Tiny Desk Concert

T-Pain: Tiny Desk Concert

I was scrolling through my timeline the other day when I ran across this tweet from Phonte:


There's no point in trying to describe it to you anymore than that. Here's the download link. You'll be needing that too.

29 October 2014

It Came From Youtube: The Fat Boys - Are You Ready For Freddy?

Derrick Ferguson posted this gem in his review of A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Child. Who knew Freddy had killer rhymes?! I know, that's enough of that...

Talking Out The Dead: “No Sanctuary”

Kelen Conley: The fifth season is finally here and the premiere didn’t disappoint. Things pick up right where they left off, as we rejoin our group in the same boxcar we left them in at the end of “A”. Secrets are revealed, walkers are killed, and one person goes Rambo on the bad guys!

If that’s not enough warning, SPOILERS AHEAD.

24 October 2014

It Came From YouTube: Lex Luger vs. Hollywood Hogan

I was watching The Monday Night War last night and it was about Goldberg and his run in WCW. They spent a large amount of time talking about the Nitro when Goldberg beat Hogan for the World Heavyweight Championship and it reminded me of another time Hogan lost the Strap on Nitro.

In 1997, Lex Luger and Hogan faced off and even after rewatching the video, it was a good match. Luger shakes off a Big Boot and the Atomic Leg Drop, then dodges all of the nWo attacks before putting Hogan into the Torture Rack. This isn't great wrestling by any means, just great storytelling. Luger was the first person to beat Hogan for the Belt since the nWo formed and it was a big deal. It was a shame he would drop the Title back to Hogan just 5 days later.

This is the last few minutes of the match, this is all you really need.

23 October 2014

Hyphenated Review #1: The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW

So because I watch/read/listen to so much stuff but still want to give my opinions on things without typing up a 1000 word post, I've created a video version of a Hyphenated Review. I rattle off some thoughts for about 10 minutes or less, slap an image from what I'm talking about with the audio, create and upload to my YouTube channel. (Almost) instant Hyphenated Review.

I've been watching The Monday Night War series on the WWE Network and it does deliver what the title states: stories of the Money Night War. But since there's three sides to every story, we get a certain view on the War with every episode. Still a fun watch for any wrestling fan.

Song Of The Moment: Childish Gambino - Telegraph Ave ("Oakland" By Lloyd)

As I mentioned in the last post and on the first episode of Mollyfog The Music, I really like this song. I don't know why it took me so long to watch it, but it's dope. The fact the Jhene Aiko's cute self is along for the ride doesn't hurt. But look out for the twist at the end because it's never as simple as music for Donald any more.

Undiscovered Country: Kid Jimi - Telegraph Ave (Cover)

YouTube and Google know too much about me. I was uploading a video last night and as I was checking out the finished product, I see a recommended video for a cover of Childish Gambino's "Telegraph Avenue ("Oakland" by Lloyd)", a song I've loved since my first playthrough of Because The Internet. Covering the tune over a beat of his own making, here's 3 plus minutes you won't mind giving up today.

Song Of The Moment: Drake - Draft Day

Song Of The Moment: Drake - Draft Day

The best thing about Song Of The Moment posts are how here and now they are. I've had Drake's "Draft Day" on my iPod for months and I thought it was a good song. But recently, I've been playing it to death.

It works on so many levels, from the Lauryn Hill sample, to the shots at Jay, to the catchy cadence of "Draft day, Johnny Manziel". My wife is sick of that one. Maybe that it's one long rhyme is the only reason "0 to 100 (The Catch Up)" gets more love.

The fact that some of favorite Drake records are records where he just goes in and drops a massive amount of bars may have something to do with it as well. "Lord Knows" is my joint too.

21 October 2014

Uneducated Guesses About the 2014 MLB Playoffs: World Series

So maybe this picking winners for a sport I didn’t follow closely during the regular season thing isn’t as hard as I thought. I definitely will not change the name of the column from Uneducated Guesses though. Then I don’t look like an idiot when I’m wrong. And I would never try to sort out the NHL playoffs, don’t worry about that.

But here we are! The 2014 World Series, featuring the two hottest teams in baseball, the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants? First, kudos to both ballclubs for making it to the Fall Classic. No easy task even if they both didn’t win more than 90 games in the regular season. But enough fun, I absolutely love that it comes down to the Royals and the Giants. No teams with the highest payroll, no annoyingly good shortstop getting one last chance at the Trophy (I will miss you though Derek Jeter. Much respect), and no teams that I hate!

The Royals haven’t lost a game in the postseason; the Giants have lost only 2. Both teams should be well rested, well coached, and well-oiled for tonight’s tip-off, er, I mean, first pitch. This is harder than picking between the Cardinals and Giants in the NLCS. And before I do:

I know the Giants were on a roll. I know Yadier got hurt. But I really thought the Cards would get more than ONE game. Sure, the games were all extremely close, but it never seemed like St. Louis wanted it as bad as San Francisco did. So much for my MLB Spurs theory.

The Royals haven’t lost ONE game since the postseason began and they’ve taken out TWO of the best teams in baseball this season in the Angels and the Orioles. More importantly, they could become the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds to finish a postseason undefeated, and with more rounds now, they’d own the most impressive postseason run of all-time. I’m sure a second World Series crown would suffice though.

So who wins?

#4 Kansas City Royals v. #5 San Francisco Giants: The Giants won’t get swept. Neither will the Royals. Both ballparks have been extremely difficult for opposing teams, but both teams have won 4 games on the road this postseason, so you can almost throw home field out the window. And both of these ballclubs are so fundamentally sound that each game should be competitive and down to the last out. I’ve owned both Kansas City and San Francisco hats in my lifetime but only the SF one in my adulthood. Somebody get Cinderella her slipper. Royals in 6.

11 October 2014

Talking Out The Dead: Prelude to “No Sanctuary”

Talking Out The Dead: Prelude to “No Sanctuary”

Thomas Crawford: It’s TIME… It’s…TIME… It’s TIME… for The Walking Dead ya’ll.  Sorry for the fake, sort of Michael Buffer introduction.  The fact is, I think his opening fits.  Let’s be honest, he has opened for many famous boxing and wrestling matches, and his brother Bruce has opened for many UFC fights.  There is just something about both of their voices that brings me to attention.  Don’t misread that folks, it is about anticipation for an upcoming event.  Let’s get to it.

As always, SPOILERS…

Uneducated Guesses About the 2014 MLB Playoffs: Championship Series

So maybe my guesses aren’t so uneducated at all. And I think I should get partial credit for the Cardinals winning because I called the Dodgers the Clippers of baseball. Either way, it’s League Championship Series time!

This round is going to be much tougher for me to call. You have the Orioles who have looked like powerhouses all season. You have the “Nobody believes in us!” (h/t to Bill Simmons) story of the Royals. You have the Giants, who have won 2 World Series in 5 seasons. And the aforementioned Cardinals, who have been to the NLCS 4 straight times. I called them the Spurs of the MLB yesterday in an email. I really love the NBA if you couldn’t tell. But the consistency without flashiness is San Antonio’s M.O.. and I wouldn’t be surprised if Popovich was involved in some way.

These are 7 game series right?

American League

#1 Baltimore Orioles v. #4 Kansas City Royals: Kansas City proved once again that having the best record in baseball doesn’t mean anything as they wiped the 98 win Angels out in 3 games. The 96 win Orioles made short work of the Tigers, also in 3 games.

I’ve been so torn on this series. But I’m going to go with the hot team in October and I probably would’ve even if they hadn’t won Game 1. Royals in 6.

National League

#3 St. Louis Cardinals v. #5 San Francisco Giants: The Giants wrecked any hopes of a Baltimore/DC World Series and the Cardinals (along with the Royals) did the same to an all LA series, both in 4 games. When these two teams faced off in 2012, the Giants came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the defending World Series Champions. So not only do the Cardinals have the 2013 World Series runner-up chip on their shoulder, they get to enjoy 2 year old demons as well. On the other hand, the Giants are officially the NL’s hot October team. Choice, choices. I don’t like the Cards but dammit, Cardinals in 7.

03 October 2014

If You're Into Podcasts: Girl on Guy 84: Kevin Smith

If You're Into Podcasts: Girl on Guy 84: Kevin Smith

I've been hearing about how good Aisha Tyler's Girl On Guy podcast is for years now. When I couldn't find anything good to listen to on the Grantland Podcast YouTube channel, I decided to give Aisha a chance finally.

She's up to episode 152 of the show now, so she's had guests from all over the entertainment world, but I didn't pick an episode until I saw my homeboy Kev Smith. I eventually plan on a post about my love for Kevin Smith, but just know that anything that guy does, I support it 200%.

This is a few years ago, so this is right around the time Kevin started S.I.R. and had planned on quitting movies for good. Aisha leaves no stone unturned however, and this podcast is one not to be missed.

And this is Part 2 of their podcast together, I haven't even checked out Part 1 (aka Smodcast #244: Girl On Guy).

And the full thing is on YouTube. You're welcome.

Happy 2 Year Anniversary to Stairwell!

I met Johnathan Bigelow (my friend Jamie Robey dubbed him Deuce) when he lived in Morgantown and worked at Teletech with me. Back then, he had a strip called A Rusty Life and was one of the reasons I started my Nonsense strip.

His daily strip Stairwell just hit the 2 year mark and I can't resist the urge to give my dude some props. You can read all the strips at http://www.stairwellonline.com.

Uneducated Guesses About the 2014 MLB Playoffs: Division Series

You may recall the time that I attempted to predict the 2013 NFL Playoffs. I can’t do that here. I know some players, but I really haven’t watched enough baseball to even sound like I have any idea of what I’m talking about. And considering that I should have posted this Monday, I’m definitely late. But before I get to my 110% guaranteed guesses*, I have to say one thing:

The Wild Card Game is some scary $%^# right? Teams used to have a cushy, 7 game series if they won the Wild Card. Now winning the Wild Card doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that you may get to play 163 games that year. I like it. And I don’t care if this is the third year of the Wild Card Game, the people need to know what I think!

American League

#1 Los Angeles Angels v. #4 Kansas City Royals: I don’t like the Angels. They think they’re the new Yankees or something. And I really like the feel good story of the Royals getting into the playoffs for the first time since I was 2. Royals in 5.

#2 Baltimore Orioles v. #3 Detroit Tigers: I personally feel like the Tigers are choke artists in the postseason in recent years. And that Baltimore team is no slouch. Orioles in 4.

National League

#1 Washington Nationals v #5 San Francisco Giants: The Nationals fought hard for the #1 seed in the NL. But they’re playing the 2010 and 2012 World Series Champions.Not yet Nats. Giants in 5.

#2 Los Angeles Dodgers v #3 St. Louis Cardinals: The Dodgers are the Clippers of the baseball world when it comes to postseason success since 1988, at least compared to their LA counterparts (the Angels won it all in 2002). I think their luck is changing though thanks to one word: Kershaw. Dodgers in 5.


Picks have been edited to reflect that the ALCS & the NLCS are both 5 games long, not 7.